Monday, January 30, 2012



I really love Stromae.  He's a hip-hop/electronic/singer/songwriter of Belgian-Rwandan origin.
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Depuis que j'suis ptit
Je n'ai rien compris
Même si mes yeux me piquent, je vois
Je vais faire mes prières
et demande si il lui pique desfois
même si les dieux n'existent pas
j'les ai confondus avec leurs semblables au costard cravate,
Ces marchands de sable
qui promettent la lune sans connaitre la terre
Qui s'appellent adultes mais si terre à terre
je souris je sourirais je souris
Ils ont cru qu'je riais mais c'est meme pas vrai
Madame l'a dit, elle, " il faut etre poli "
Vas y dis Cheese, allez dis Cheese !
Pour le cliché, un peu pour s'cacher
Mais sans humour noir ou mauvais jeu de mot
J'vais mourir de rire moi,
mais sans sourire jaune
Juste quand j'ai mal alors
pour que ça passe d'accord
Mais rien qu'pour ça; que cette fois pour célébrer les morts
Je souris je sourirais (x6)



Since I was little
I haven't understood anything
Even if my eyes sting, I see
I'll say my prayers
and ask if he stings sometimes
even if gods don't exist
I've confused them with their look-alikes in suits and ties,
These vendors of sand
who promise the moon without knowing the earth
Who are called adults but are so boring
I smile I would smile I smile
They thought I was laughing, but it wasn't true
Mrs. said "you must be polite"
Go say Cheese, go say Cheese!
For the camera, just to hide yourself
But without black humor or bad puns
I'm going to die of laughter,
but without a yellow smile
Just when I feel bad like this
so that it happens to go well
But only for that; this time we celebrate the dead
I smile I would smile (x6)

Sunday, January 29, 2012


America's Sweet Tart Look

Polka Dot Dress- Vintage Shop
Red Blazer- ThriftShop
Black leggings- Thrift Shop
Black Shoes- Gift from college roomate
Gold Watch - Timex, best gift EVER. (ah!)
Faux Septum Ring -Zapora Strange (self made)
Authentic American Flag - Thrift shop

On Friday I got into a mish mash with a co-worker who wouldn't stop commenting on the color of my skin. She just kept saying, "You're like so pale. No but like your so so pale. You're like REALLY pale!"  Um,what? First of all I'm pretty sure it's a federal offense to use like so many times and second of all how am I supposed to responde to that, " bout that? Oh look at the time, gotta go!" Her witless banter was offensive because what she meant was "you're so pale....for an African American".   If I was Caucasian, and this skin color I would be tan, mais non?  Her political incorrectness was somehow both extremely offensive and hilarious. Perhaps hilarious because this particular senario seemed like a scene directly cut from The Office. 

Geeeze, mind your P's and Q's ladies and gents. Just because it's America and we have the freedom of speech doesn't mean we should have the freedom of ignorant, offensive speech. 

Think about it.

The Ting Tings-"We Walk"

"Smash the rest up
Burn it down
Put us in the corner 'cus we're into ideas"

Friday, January 27, 2012


Z: What is your original name?

SP: DJ Boyer

Z: And what’s your pen name?

SP: Self Proclaim

Z: That’s a cool name, Self Proclaim. Can you tell me about the origin and significance of that name?

SP:  Every artist feels like they’re more than what they are even when they first start off.  They feel like they’re the best rapper, singer, artist; they feel like they’re already the best so they are, “self proclaimed”

Z:  Cool, can you describe to me your profession?

SP:  I am a DJ

Z:  And how did you get started?

SP:  I mean growing up I loved listening to Funk Master Flex and DJ Clue scratch records up. When I was 14 my sister bought me my first pair of turntables.  I studied sports, entertainment and event management in school and then from there I interned at RCA records (Sony).  It was a new experience working for them, sometimes I felt they were like a machine.  I wanted to do my own thing and I always wanted to be an artist, so I just did it.

Z:  That’s so cool, I think everyone yurns for that courage to just do it.  Could you tell me a little bit about how where you’re from has influenced your music and what artists inspired you growing up?

SP: I’m from Princeton, NJ. Growing up there I experienced a great amount of cultural diversity.  There wasn’t a big racial or social class divide, so being exposed to that influenced my music.  My favorite artist is Mos Def, Q-Tip is my favorite producer, Common, Phonte and Jimi Hendrix are some others I love.  I could just go on and on but those are the people that inspire me on a regular bases.
 Z: Nice, how would you describe your sound?

SP:   I honestly can't put a finger on it. I pride myself on not sounding like someone else. Each track has a different vibe to it, I’m always switching up.
Z:  If you think back to childhood, what was your first experience with music?

SP:  My first real memorable experience with music was when I was in elementary school.  I took a music class where each kid got to play a different instrument, I got to play on the drums and the teacher gave each of us a tape recorder; that was the first time I paid attention to music.

 Z: Wow, what a powerful experience! So tell me, when you’re getting ready to write music what inspires those moments and what ignites your fire to write? Take me through your overall creative process.

SP:  I could probably sit down and write a whole song, or just write 4 bars. I pretty much just write when I feel inspired because if I try to force it, it won’t come out, and if it doesn’t come out then it’s not going to sound how I want it to.

Z:  Right, I feel you.  Sometimes it’s difficult as an artist to wait for inspiration. What do you attribute to your drive as an artist?

SP:  My drive comes from the world.  My music its real everyday stuff, it’s not about materialism.  There may be some materialistic rap in my music but it’s not my main goal. I use materialism sometimes so that people listen at first but then once they’re listening they’ll hear the message behind it. 

Z: Hmm, I hear you.  What is your dream?

SP: Honestly my dream is to own a place in a village in South France.  I would go into hiatus for 8 months out of the year and then come out for 4, tour and then go back into hiatus.  My dream is to just chill in a nice relaxing area and push myself as an artist to see how far I can go.

Z: Wow, I am very impressed by that answer. Why France?

SP:  I had to do a project on France when I was younger. I was doing the research and I saw pictures of villages in the south of France and since then I always wanted to live there.

Z:  What about communicating with people? I know if you stay close to Paris almost everyone speaks English but in South France you may not have that.

SP: I wanna learn to speak French.

Z: Very plainly put, I applaud you. I think your whole plan, your dream is so so great. I’m planning to move to Paris within the next couple of years so I’ll be looking for you! Speaking of the next couple of years, what do you think you’ll be in say, 10 years?  

SP:  In 10 years I’ll be the same person. I will be myself, but I'll have a lot more to give to the world.

Z:  Once again floored by your response.  What are your immediate music career goals?

SP: In the next 6 month I want people to listen to my music. I really just want to break the repetition of music, every song has the same beat even in every genre, the music sounds the same.  I want people to really sit down and listen to music and expect greatness.
Z: What does music mean to you?

SP: That’s a question I feel is impossible to answer. It’s like an addiction;  It’s that feeling you get in the bottom of your stomach, and when you try to get away it drags you right back.
Z: Yessss. So I’m sure you’re familiar with the term, “starving artist”, how do you cope with major financial obstacles especially given this economy?  I know from experience unfortunately that the creative world just doesn’t pay well.

SP:  It excites me to not have money, that’s when artists are at their best when they have nothing left. I'm not really worried about that, I’m looking forward to being a starving artist.  It’s kind of like paying your dos; it’s something every artist goes through.  If you can make it through those steps then you’ve pretty much succeeded.
Z: Hmm so having said that what has been the biggest challenge for you?

SP: To not hold myself back, doubt is the biggest setback.

Z: And how are you putting yourself out there?

SP: I’m not doing too much as bad as it sounds, it’s intentional. You have to be selective about putting your music out there. Everybody makes music and everyone’s an artist. Right now it’s about the creative process not about marketing myself. It’s about making music and waiting till I’m comfortable putting it out there. I want to make sure that I put my best work out there, so people will be more excepting about listening

Z: Do you have any performance plans, new releases, tours etc?

SP: I'm working on a project right now, it’s my debut.  I've been working some people in this debut, it’s set to come out at the end of February.

Z: I feel honored to have met with you pre-debut, so I can say I interviewed you first! Okay it’s time to have a little fun, complete the following sentences! Without music, I would be…

SP: I would be nothing.

Z: Music is…

SP:  Life.

Z: My music makes me feel

SP: Alive.

Z: I write (songs) because…

SP: It helps me get through my stress.

Z: People should support music because

SP: Artists are spiritual guiders in life.  Think about the things that artists do for you, if you’re having a bad day, music has the power to change that.

 Z:  Awesome.  One last question: If you could choose one message to share with my readers and  the world, what would it be?

SP: Be different do different things.

Z: Thank you so much Self Proclaim for being a special guest on Zapora-Strange.  I look forward to your upcoming EP.  See you in France!

Listen to Self Proclaim here first

Thursday, January 26, 2012


My friend told me to post some of my artwork.  K, so here it is.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012




  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed (sliced)

  • 1 large green bell pepper thinly sliced

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Sea salt to taste

  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat provolone cheese (if you wanna do it vegan eliminate the cheese)

  • 4 gluten free buns, split and toasted

  • Sauce

  • 2 tbs ketchup

  • 1 tbs spicy mustard

  • 2 tbs gluten free soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp woschetsere sauce

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • Garlic and onion powder to taste

    1) Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until somewhat soft. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, sea salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables slightly softened, don't cook them so long that they become wilted.

    2) Stir in sauce; bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, lay cheese slices on top of the vegetables, cover and let stand until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

    3) Divide the mixture into 4 portions with a spatula, leaving the melted cheese layer on top. Scoop a portion onto each toasted bun and serve immediately.

    ummm YUM!

    "The new healthy me is like the animal within"

    "The Animal Within" Look

    Hat-Grandfathers, hand me down, worn backwards for good luck
    Diamond Earring-worn in tragus, not really diamond, but hey! I love my cubic zirconia!
    Gray Cardigan- American Apparel
    Black Shirt-Gap, thrift shop
    Animal print onesie-worn as harem pants (and you thought that style was just about worn out, yeaaa me too. Me too.)
    Black Wedges-Bamboo, thrift shop. Zippers broken but I wear them anyway. As my co-worker says, "that's hoodie" translation, "that's hood".  Oh how politically incorrect, you've gotta love it!

    I love Summer Camp, you should too!

    Summer Camp-Ghost Train

    "You probably can't picture
    The look that's in my eyes,
    But I will never forget
    The heartache of your sighs"

    Sunday, January 22, 2012


    I decided to end my juice fast today due to health reasons. I had 7 awesome days of just juice and I feel wonderful now! Wonder what my first meal's gonna be? Check back tomorrow and just maybe I'll share my secret vegan Philly cheese steak recipe with you.  Oops, did I just say that? Slip of the lip.

    Please enjoy my last juicing recipe (never fear for it is certainly not the least)


    4 Slices (wedges, whatever) of watermelon
    1 Golden Delicious apple
    1 Fresh sprig of mint
    1/2 Lime

    Juice watermelon first, then apple, juice mint sprig stem and all or grind and add to drink afterwards. Once finished juicing strain, if desired, and add fresh squeezed lime. Garnish with lime and mint and enjoy! Yum yum yum. Don't forget where you heard it first!

    Serves 1

    "The finale feels like victory, so I wear black"


    Wool black hooded jacket- H&M
    Sunglasses- American Apparel
    Leopard Print Button Down- Thrift Shop
    Black Cardigan- Permanently stole from my sisters closet (it's okay, she'll never know...unless she reads my   blog. Hmmmm....)
    Navy Blue Leather with Gold buckle- Gift from cousin
    Super Long Silk Black Skirt - Thrift shop
    Black leather loafers- Thrift shop
    Timex watch - Best gift ever, from the Bffl
    Leopard print telephone cord scrunchy- My co-worker was wearing it on her wrist and I just stared her down and kept saying, "I like that leopard print thingy. I really like that leopard print thing. What is that?  I like that" Until she gave it to me. Works every time. She bought it in China, where she used to live.
    Gold Urn Necklace- Etsy. The necklace holds my dog, Teffra's ashes.  I get strange complements on this necklace because it's an abstract looking piece, and then when I tell people what's in it it's an automatic conversation killer. Automatic. Works every time.


    "We Almost Lost Detroit"-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

    Saturday, January 21, 2012


    DAY 5 and 6

    Sorry about the Feature Friday mishap. If you're interested in being featured on Zapora Strange email

    My BFFL gave me a bangin' juicing recipe that I'd love to share.  Hmm, what's that?  You didn't think people still had Best Friends For Life?  So 8th grade?  Hmm?  Well I love my bffl, holla.


    1 knot of ginger
    1 lemon
    1 orange
    7 small apples

    serves 2


    Thursday, January 19, 2012


    "This is the death...of the cool"

    Day 4: I die.

    I have an INCREDIBLE amount of energy but I miss chewing food.
    I feel extremely alert, extremely attentive, and extremely happy.
    I am totally balanced besides the fact that I need to chew, there is some sort of death happening here. Once that part of me dies I will indeed be reborn. A juicing, healthy individual.


    1 bushel fresh black grapes
    1/2 orange
    2 tsp lemon juice

    The Die-Lupe Fiasco